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The coronavirus sounds pretty scary at the moment, but maybe it's just a paper tiger -- at least as far as White people are concerned. 

So far there have been few reports of White people catching it, but one who did seems to have had no more trouble throwing it off than if it had been a common cold.

As reported by the Sun:

Teacher Connor Reed, 25, was diagnosed with coronavirus by doctors in Wuhan, China two months ago.

He went to hospital after struggling to breathe and could not shake off a bad cough — all classic symptoms.

Shocked Connor was kept in hospital for two weeks.

Connor, originally from Llandudno, North Wales, has lived in China for three years.

He said: “’I was stunned when the doctors told me I was suffering from the virus. I thought I was going to die but I managed to beat it.

“I used the inhaler which helped control the cough and drank a hot whisky with honey until that ran out.

“It’s an old fashioned remedy but it seemed to do the trick.

Yup, pretty impressive. So, what's really going on? 

My favourite theory at the moment is that most of these terrible Chinese viruses are essentially a reflection of the rapidly changing lifestyles of Chinese people -- i.e. richer with more meat. 

In the past the Chinese were dirt poor and lived almost exclusively on a diet of rice and vegetables, with almost no meat and much smaller numbers of livestock. However, in recent years, as the Chinese economy has boomed, the bulk of the population can now afford meat, a foodstuff that their bodies -- and immune systems -- are not accustomed to. Livestock numbers have soared to a level common in the West.

All these viruses originating in China -- SARs, MERs, and now the Coronavirus -- have some connection to animals and livestock.

In Europe, by contrast, meat and livestock have always been much more common. Europeans have always lived in much close proximity to animals -- both livestock and pets -- and, as a consequence, have built up more resistance to various animal borne viruses, like the Coronavirus, which is believed to have crossed over from bats. 

So, there you have it. Europeans are used to animal-borne viruses like this, but the Chinese aren't.

The rate at which the virus is spreading will allow us to see if interesting theories like this are true or not. Fingers crossed!

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1 comment

Anonymous said...

That guy from Wales is not entirely European. Just sayin'.

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